What can governments do to address the banking crisis, remedy unemployment, poverty and ecological threats, and create conditions for sustainable abundance?


How can time-tested currency innovations such as mutual credit systems help businesses of all sizes deal with cash flow shortages and monetary instability?


What can communities do to leverage their untapped wealth and connect resources that would otherwise remain unused with needs that would otherwise remain unmet?


What can scientific and academic research tell us about how to design and implement more effective and resilient monetary systems?

Currency Proposals

What types of complementary currencies could help us overcome current obstacles to the flourishing of our educational, energy, commercial, and other systems?

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Articles by Bernard Lietaer

Money Should Work for Us, Not the Other Way Around: An Interview with Ode Magazine

March 28, 2010 – 1:35 am |

Interview with Bernard Lietaer
Jurriaan Kamp | Ode Magazine, September 2005 issue
What is money? Do we need more of it to solve some of the world’s problems? Or is money the cause of them? Ex-banker Bernard …

The Wörgl Experiment: Austria (1932-1933)

March 27, 2010 – 7:34 am |

In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, the small town of Wörgl in Austria successfully experimented with its own local currency (in the form of a stamp scrip).   Based on the thinking of …

Community Solutions: An Overview

March 17, 2010 – 8:44 pm |

To understand why the introduction of complementary local currencies is essential to community revitalization and sustainable development, it is critical to first understand the monetary underpinnings of pervasive community challenges such as unemployment, lack of …

Examples and Case Studies

March 15, 2010 – 9:02 am |

There are numerous examples of successful community currencies.

Time Dollars whose purpose is to “reweave community” is a currency which is now applied in several hundred communities in the United States and around the world.   Time …

Learn More: Community Links and Resources

March 13, 2010 – 9:46 am | Comments Off on Learn More: Community Links and Resources

Implementing Community Currencies
If you are considering introducing complementary currencies in your community, take a look at the Community Currency Guide. This is a workbook co-authored by Bernard Lietaer and Gwendolyn Hallsmith from Global Community Initiatives.  …

Business Solutions: An Overview

March 11, 2010 – 6:02 am | Comments Off on Business Solutions: An Overview

Although we have witnessed the biggest bailout in human history, the real economy—the one in which businesses manufacture and sell goods and services—is turning out to be the next victim of the banking crisis of …

Business-Related Case Studies

March 9, 2010 – 8:59 am | Comments Off on Business-Related Case Studies

There are now many successful examples of mutual credit systems, or business-to-business currencies, such as the Wir and the Wat described below.  They demonstrate the very beneficial effects of complementary currencies for businesses.   Such currencies …

Government Solutions: An Overview

March 5, 2010 – 1:30 pm |

Monetary innovations can be of great help to governments in both ordinary circumstances and times of crisis.
By helping to introduce or support complementary currencies, governments help address a wide range of socio-economic problems by helping …

Case Studies and Proposals

March 3, 2010 – 9:41 am | Comments Off on Case Studies and Proposals

We now have a number of well documented success stories of complementary currencies that were introduced by governments, with very positive results.   Two well known such experiments are the Wörgl in Austria and Banco Palmas …

Bernard Lieater – Une Vue Intégrale sur la Monnaie et les Crashs Financiers

February 26, 2010 – 9:20 pm |

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